Tour highlights downtown living options

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Downtown Council

The second Explore Downtown Living tour is set for Sept. 19–20.

It’s a chance to tour more than 20 residential properties throughout downtown Minneapolis.

The tour is an initiative of the Downtown Council as part of its Downtown 2025 plan, which has a goal of increasing downtown’s residential population to 70,000. The population now hovers around 39,000.

Brent Webb, a business development associate at Sherman Associates and co-chair of the 2025 Development Committee, said one of the key demographics tour organizers are trying to reach are Baby Boomers in the suburbs looking to downsize.

The first tour in mid-May drew more than 1,000 people, including someone who flew in from Chicago, he said.

Downtown Council CEO Steve Cramer said “downtown Minneapolis is a premier place to do business and be entertained, and it’s also increasingly a place to call home.”

“The enthusiasm from all those who participated in May’s Explore Downtown Living event proves that,” he said. “We’re excited to put on another event on Sept. 19 and 20, and we hope everyone enjoys the great rooftop views, local business specials and all-access opportunities that only this event can offer.”

To register and for more information, go to www.exploredtliving.com. Downtown-area businesses will also be offering specials to tour participants.

Here are the buildings participating in the tour:

—   222 Hennepin: An upscale apartment development featuring a Whole Foods at street level at Hennepin & Washington.

—   430 Oak Grove: A high-end apartment building in the Loring Park neighborhood.

— 4Marq: An apartment tower at 400 Marquette Ave. S. 

—   Brunsfield North Loop: A boutique apartment building designed by Julie Snow at 915 Washington Ave. N.

—   Churchill: A 33-story apartment building at 111 Marquette Ave. S.

—   Dock Street Flats: A apartment building at 337 Washington Ave. N. in the North Loop featuring a Dunn Bros and Lole clothing boutique at street level.

—   Grain Belt Apartments: A 150-apartment development at 1215 Marshall St. NE next to the historic Grain Belt Brewery complex.

—   Heritage Landing: A North Loop development with a mix of apartments and townhomes at 415 N. 1st St.

—   Junction Flats: A North Loop apartment development a couple of blocks from Target Field at 643 N. 5th St.

—   LaSalle and Stage: LaSalle Apartments are at 36 S. 9th St. and Stage Apartments are at 814 Hennepin Ave. S.

—   Laurel Village: An apartment community featuring seven residences, including high rises and historic brownstones, on four city blocks at 1254 Hennepin. 

—   Latitude 45: A new luxury rental development at 313 Washington Ave. S.

—   Loring Park Apartments: An apartment community in the Loring Park neighborhood at 1300 Yale Place.

—   LPM: A 36-story apartment tower in the Loring Park neighborhood at 1369 Spruce Place.

—   Mill & Main East/West: A luxury apartment development on the east bank at 501 Main St. SE.

—   Nic on Fifth: A 26-story apartment tower at Nicollet & 5th Street.

—   Paxon: A high-end apartment development in the North Loop at 360 N. 1st St.

—   Red 20: An apartment development at 20 6th St. NE.

—   Solhavn: A North Loop apartment building at 815 N. 2nd St.

—   Soltva: A North Loop apartment building at 701 N. 2nd St.

—   Third North: Apartment building in the North Loop at 800 N. 3rd St.

—   Velo: A bike-centric apartment development in the North Loop at 115 N. 2nd St.

—   Vue: A apartment development in Loring Park at 415 Oak Grove St.